AVU018 – SEMLIKI WILDLIFE RESERVE (3 DAYS)

Semuliki National Park, which is known as the Garden of eden because of its magnificent view of River Semuliki meandering to Lake Albert, it’s local community in the foothills of the Rwenzoris – the inhabitants are very hospitable, welcoming and very entertaining.

Tour Highlights

Day 1: Kampala – Semuliki Forest, Scenic viewing
Day 2 : Semuliki Park – Boat ride
Day 3 : Semuliki – Kampala Trip

DETAILED SAFARI ITINERARY

Day 1: Kampala – Semuliki Forest; Scenic Viewing
You will be picked up from your Hotel by Abacus Safari guide and depart by road for Semliki Wildlife Reserve; this scenic drive takes approx 6-7 hours and will take you down the eastern side of Lake Albert. Semliki reserve is situated in the basin of the Western Rift Valley.

It is one of the most diverse habitats in Africa with wonderful examples of Riparian forest, gallery rain forest, borassus palm forest, and short and high grass savannas. Chimps exist next to elephant, lion and buffalo as well as the usual western Uganda species. Following dinner we will go on a night drive. This is the only place in Uganda where you can do a spot lit night drive. You never know what you may see.

Often the big cats are sighted as well as the diminutive genet and serval cats. Unusual nocturnal dwellers also show themselves, such as the white tailed mongoose and slender mongoose, standard and pennant winged nightjars depending on the time of year. There are always surprises on the night drives.

Accommodation: Ndali Lodge or Semliki Safari Lodge (Luxury),

Mountains of the Moon Hotel or NtolokoGame lodge (Mid-range)

UWA banders (Basic)

Meal plan: Full Board

Day 2 : Semuliki – Boat ride
After breakfast climb aboard the vehicle with a packed lunch for a boat trip on Lake Albert to see the incredible and rare Shoebill, visually a cross between a dodo and a dinosaur. The lake is superb. There are sand cliffs where brightly colored colonies of red-throated bee-eaters dart in and out of their burrows, there are waterfalls several kilometers up the lake which provide a great picnic spot, and several fishing villages along the way, virtually untouched by the ‘western world’. The drive back to the Lodge through the borassus palm forest and the acacia savannah reveals different species of raptors and passerines.

Accommodation: Ndali Lodge or Semliki Safari Lodge (Luxury),

Mountains of the Moon Hotel or NtolokoGame lodge (Mid-range)

UWA banders (Basic)

Meal plan: Full Board

Day 3: Semuliki – Kampala Trip
An early morning game drive will give you a different perspective on the park and animals in it. Return to the Lodge for a late, but leisurely breakfast. On leaving Semliki Valley Wildlife Reserve, you will drive through the attractive green countryside eventually ascending the Western Rift Valley to Fort Portal. From here we will continue on to Kampala arriving in the late afternoon.

Meal Plan: Lunch

END OF SEMLIKI WILDLIFE RESERVE (3 DAYS)

The Safari Package Covers:

Park Entrance fee
Boat rides
Park Ranger Fees.
Relevant Government Taxes.
Full Board Accommodation (2 nights) and en-route meals as indicated in the itinerary.
Full time English speaking Driver/Guide
Ground Transportation by a 4×4 safari vehicle
Airport transfer as long as your flight is on the same day on which the safari ends.

Safari Exclusions:

Air Fares
Visa Fees
Expenses of personal nature such as; personal insurance, drinks, tips, laundry, telephone, cigarettes, accommodation & meals not indicated in the itinerary and optional activities

Extra Services:

Airport transfers Entebbe-Kampala (USD 40$), Kampala-Entebbe- (USD 30$) Booking accommodation for you (Night before safari starts and after safari in case your flight is on the next day). We recommend the following accommodations:

Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast

Serena Hotel, (Luxury – USD 413 for a single room; USD 437 for a double/twin room),

Sheraton Hotel (Luxury – USD 297 for a single room; USD 321 for a double/twin room),

Cassia Lodge (Mid-range – USD 105 for a single room; USD 135 for a double/twin room)

The Lodge (Budget and Mid-range -USD 50 for a single room; USD 60 for a double/twin room)